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'Dover' goes Diaspora

BY RORY DALEY Observer writer daleyr@jamaicaobserver.com

Friday, July 26, 2013    

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THE Independence of Speed meet at Dover Raceway in St Ann on August 4 will see the introduction of several new initiatives by organisers Jamaica Race Drivers Club (JRDC).

"We aim to redefine your experience at Dover," said Christopher McFarlane, president of the Jamaica Race Drivers Club (JRDC), at the press launch held at the Pegasus Hotel in St Andrew yesterday.

According to the president, his club has forged a deal with cable sports station SportsMax to have the meets televised to America's Tri-State area (New York, Connecticut and New Jersey).

A large number of Jamaican immigrants live in the Tri-State area.

"This will allow those who can't physically be there to enjoy the essence of the sport," McFarlane told Auto.

Another new feature for the next race meet is the introduction of dexterity events between meets.

Therefore, Dover Raceway will play host to the third round of the Drivers Rallysport Club Autodexterity Championships.

"Between the racing, we will have racing," said McFarlane.

This is in keeping with McFarlane's 'one sport' concept where the various genres will cross over so as to increase awareness and exposure to other forms of motor sport.

Patrons attending the meets will be allowed to vote for the "most exciting driver" who will receive the RUBiS Energy Crowd Favourite Award.

This award as well as the various class winners will be presented trophies on the day.

"At the last event, the crowd and drivers enjoyed getting their trophies for the Caribbean Motor Racing Championship races on the spot, so we've decided to keep that going for the future with all our classes," McFarlane said.

The president of JRDC pointed out that it is working for Jamwest Speedway to gain Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA) circuit certification.

"The CMRC meet may not be our only international meet for 2013," McFarlane added.

Robert Gibbs, RUBiS Energy commercial manager, said his organisation was pleased with their involvement at Dover Raceway and as a result motor sport in Jamaica has grown.

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